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   Posted 1/22/2013 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My 84 year old brother was visiting me for an indefinite long term stay. Everything was going along great and he had settled in. One day he started taking belongings inside the home to his car, and bringing in other things.

This past Sunday, I'd gone outdoors at 1:00 PM with my dog trainer. A friend who brings her dog to my home arrived at 1:10 PM, came in the door and introduced herself. She immediately came out to the back yard.

At 1:30 PM I came in to invite brother to come out and watch the dogs train. He wasn't in the house and I looked out and noticed his car was missing. I thought he had gone shopping and didn't think too much about it. However, several things that he had brought were missing. Within the time frame of 20 minutes, he had packed everything and left the house without a word.

He finally made it to his home (6 hours away) the next afternoon. I don't know why it took that long before he arrived. His son asked him where he had been and he didn't remember. Does this sound as though he has Alzheimer's?

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   Posted 1/22/2013 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Not necessarily Alzheimer's but it might be wise to have your brother checked out by a doctor, especially if he doesn't know where he was during that time. Memory lapses such as that is not normal.
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